Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 14, 1907)
Cavanagh, Charles T.
St. Louis' mammoth theater scheme is still in embryo, p. 13
september 14, 1907. THE SHOW WORLD ST. LOUIS' MAMMOTH THEATER SCHEME IS STILL IN EMBRYO Wm. A. Brady and Col. "Bill" Thompson Have Accumulated $1 Towards the Vast Project. BY CHARLES T. CAVANAGH. St. Louis Bureau of 'I'h Show World, ('etu ry Theater. Charles T. Cavanagh. Representative. Sf. LOUIS, Sept. .-The advantages of St. Louis as a site for a new theater and the more or loss frequent rumors new play-horse projects here seem to looe aroused the imagination and the lo- eliacity of the enterprising WVilliam A. oady, of New York. It happened that 1. Bill Thompson came to town about a -',k ago and announcd himself as an -iance agent of Protean capabilities, in- .ocuch as he was authorized to represent Inth The Mlan of the Hour and the Wilton tlttaye companies here while preparing a publicityceampaign for the tour of the No.1 Way Down East company. This announce- nnt of t, rolonged stay, in St. Louis arted a rumor that Col. Bill was about tecome a permanent resident of thecity, :l charge of the western headquarters .loic'h Mr. Brady was about to open here. 'to of the Papers investigated the treor 'ough the meodium of its Necc York O), ,. -r OLIVE GREATREX. Noted for her talent as a whistler, Miss 'live Greatrex is popular with vaudeville audiences. Her whistling will be a dis- loft feature of the band concerts at Riv- erview Park, Chicago, next week. Otrssaiewho interviecwed Mr. Brady. The latter gentleman "made good" most thoroughly as far as furnishing good copy Sas concerned. He not only outlined a omendable plan for making this city a tanagerial headquarters for his companies huring the west and southwest, but he be- tinle enthusiastically eloquent over the notion of building a mammoth theater here. lie prop'os- to call for popular subscrip- nos1of ot, dollar each to a building fund. Il' states cthat if the people of St. Louis cil contribute $'700000 or so he will do- ote the balance and put up an establish- ient to cost $1,0t'000 in which 25,000 feople can be seated. He does not refer to the character or quality of the bookings e has in mind. The interview was prom- *ttntly printed with appropriate headlines, I before nightfall Col. Thompson had re- tived a score of applications for positions n the new house staff. sei also received 01e dollar as the first contribution to the 'und. Further developments are awaited. Ilkewise further dollars. Interest in Caine Drama. There is unusually widespread interest in 'he coming production at the Olymjpic of lall Caine's Drury Lane success, The tondman, to' Wilton Lackaye and his com- cany. First performances are sufficiently IftequeOt ile this city to constitute them lOVelties in themselves. But to this fun- laeoental is added a well established repu- ation for excellence in the play, so there a confidence that the occasion will be le of the most important of the season. There is no attempt to conceal the pride tAd gratification incident to the feeling hat St. Louis is gradually becoming a good int for 1e-emier productions. Mr. Lack- eoand Ill, company are expected to arrive re during the coming week. William A. Brdy will be here about the same time 4 it is announced that Hall Caine will 11inext Saturday, to be here at the open- Performance Sept. 15. It will be Mr. ane's first visit to St. Louis. Thesunnr gren o-aon is trdhuts oe,-r Delmar closed last Monday. The Sulburban brought a marvelously brilliant season to a terionation tonight, and the others are getting ready to lock the doors. One of the cmost striking features of the garden sea- son this year, to the professional eye, at any rate, was the excellence of the adver- tising and the general publicity promotion of Col. Hopkins' Forest Park Highlands. The department was under the direction of Mrs. Emily Howard. Stronger or more of- ficacious work has never been done in the amusement line in St. Louis. Tried to Swindle 3anager. An ineffectual attempt to use the tele- g-atlteso' streese to eivintole te Actors' xcuno or Manager bnort, ets legal represee- tauive, was iaue uuting tie past ereet. A ian who staten tnat h was a "'Je com- neman,' apptiet toe ref oct the score of Oie illness of nimsel aol ccif-. rc. alort Luld 111111 to eire tie LLo's rulid an 1i ccould take caie of mini upon rececpt of 5iii instruction to no so. 'fle Loan de- parted anu late tiut venising, woucenc We. enort returinc to tes temiporiry ine at te st. Jaltes hotel, tu ceeK tood ilm that a teospooni message hal been receiven itoi one of thee teegrape coipanies, ties senuer of wlence au explainecs tieat tile stuce Ptevelton its uelecry by boy. 'tne iiessage instructe for. Snort to irovso tnee tee Ciesoit of es aloter usig ilo su)' It ceses siged ''Aesors' I' uno olcit iurported to leae been sent tront Nse lOfet. dimr. Short dispatched a bell-Doy tus vies offics of ti1e ticgriaih CoIIn, el, ciS infortied tic 1 such Itesage ccai leen receld or toenoed. A steeiloas 'sport was inatc by Oil ot uter compaii. The next morning the applicant for aid mado Is apolea'rince to mecuee it tne ud a had becit neacd from. ise diselainiteu Itcotnnection seitl tie te'ioleinone Imesage Ind , eparts. The oiniiidoia will not be large enough to 110et the local friends of Col. Z acu Miuthall isen his siaucgter, Lucitie, a lies son, t, reach herie with tie horseiannip act eca they have recently booked ocn tie K eitc & 1rcctor Circuit. Gteoa' ho. Cieopin, whcose cartoons in the Star-Uhronile oit theatrical and loter sub- Jocs are anciliar to must people of tle show world, has resigned his local posi- Lion to jomn te Hearst staff in San 1ran- Citco. Gossip of Popular Mlen. Dick Recies, tiee assistant Lsasurer of tie Olynpee Leater, lias confided to sov- eral score of his intiemate friends that le is to be narrle on the tentie of next Janu- ary . with te exception of tle statemrient thcat the lady is a resident of New 'tork and "a peaen," her iientity has not ben disclosed. 1rank Caldwell, for many Years advertis- ing agent of tee Imperial theater, has abandoned the Show business and opened restaurant whicl seems to be one of the eost prosperous here. Quietly and without ostentation, Richard Spaie', editor and publicity promoter, has eparided his splere of intluence and will 'Ier the coming season in the triple ca- pacity of dramatist, manager and impres- sio. A White Blackbird is a two-act minstrel farce comedy which Mr. Spamer has written for Arthur Deming. It will have its tirst presentation at Mannion's Park, Saturday, Sept. 14. After a week at Xlannion's it wii go on the road under the ccanagement of 1illians Ioss. It is an- nounced that it is booked solid for the ensuing fifteen weeks through the middle cest. Aftec seeig this c nild of his geceus safely on its S ay, Str. Spaner will ostr tie Anserican Concoct Company on tics route c1ichlie prepared for is during the suneccer. 'fle organsizatiocn is composed ex- clusively of St. Louis vocal and instrumen- tal talent. It will open its season during the first week in October in Champaign, Ill. Then, Mr. Spacner mas assunmed the mcanagenment of tme Emerald stock com- pany, which will play a weck at Suburban Garden and proceed on a tour of eastern towns. It will present Robert Emmett and The Colleen Bawn. Hugh O'Neill and Bou- lah Roseberri are to be featured. Heat Keeps People Away. The hottest night of the season came to town last Sunday and made things inter- esting around the theaters. It was the opening occasion for the Olympic, Century and Garrick. The weather made it almost impossible for any normally constituted man to stay indoors, so the various man- agers considered themselves fortunate to hold the actors and the orchestras until the closing hour. Audiences of any size were out of the question. The Man of the Hour was the attrac- tion at the Olympic and it has caught on strong with both press and public. Harry Harwood, who Plays Aeldeman Phelan, has been given stellar lionors in the reviews, and the far-reaching vocabularies of the critics have been exhausted in tribute to what is declared to be one of the choicest pieces of acting seen here in many sea- sons. The entire company is generally commended, especially Orrin Johnson, Rob- ert A. Fisher, Bennett Southard and Fran- ces Ring. W. J. Demsing made ace excel- lent impression in the juvenile role. It is curious to note that the critics and male patrons generally complain that the third act is weak and tedious, and that the play lacks a feminine side; and while these sage observations are passing current the mati- nees are doing a turnaway business with womccen crowding the csts and finding tieir' princicl ecteti mcnt in dole sed7, iitaolle cutedetteteed Lieird alt. 'le Man of Ils Osc IIr eve.. M~ e ltte~o t see'te.'i \%--a a. Ithe e-ir to tie lioorah served to ost- the Cciur y Sason. it is vet steerad el- 5sgeineevl of tie cuttuesy I ers, a taotitat ries not scee to inetercere saeile ets dcraw- ims oers. Mes SHclen Lae iae is the Oust neown meOr ot the oginal cast Stie lliiag' es evetie e C ssn ipate. tier i,5 teklaS teerulesct as Cevea utees us filn great ipocleient enSe has imeaue et ner art ou,- e Iee last year. By atiour aelvy as a p rou vShe hFraS bnugI tee scouary ceeda- acre nu Bate s anon into a Psieine of Joe Ol Ly.H haIn . Uie inepr_ atite ntee1leeenaractes p lis it tire I gorously ad morle, e h 11 se pobal " evUesl cse. Ir to ete lenentcr of toe Laces 0U atly te ar' tiicd tetuoatC naSIgnetened as ''nte a otners s h ulen ackay'' it fwue coatyg prOtuallnmitetain e or prusit att of al re arrunt. 1aic Mroro has succeed- oeu GUY Bares Ps, ii tis leaning tutu of 450 Easy. He has givete a hew enturprs- tLa~Og ts tie c anust, ti.lies It irure i ousey ald ioe aieity. 1H prulasy liois telas to te aesct of to anheiol, thm it is at tite mstritie e a atetis tect- Le-ptco sceat mae Mr. aosdts ork a wa- iigae, atn is oarel-l oi miloeuatte te p-i-Ioissiory PIUllll t1-eeevesciti tile last550 Si's t 1f)c~ . Llosby seed tilels 5. nestg g -MeManus, of St. Louis, erected 'ouewaer flute aced te rano tiation of LuisS nalional nhioneK waeo lays file at ioednoy. It all t mose ec say of Georig ea0 tht e k Hs tmee waen-'' trtad out lof the pas ate xieaLent .ould eot lacd titci, an eiy abot leavgemae soe it- tclip, to Macsages oireth ead to tors eay quite a lot Uf eal-loeanig eocey aster tile leouse eas 'hieO. 'lce prduscho r is a Sui- less, an~d %Itel Pitriosi, cres pliays Pete, is eceitled its occSmtll msis ure of credit cor ent daLe. His makeup snt Portoayal so tie plat brc utciert. ine uonerpat s eoceoieavbly above the average or its cess, tes adevis tie support bei g Thsreaudse ILol Jeaie Carrecve aid Ecmiel Icteasoe. 'Klie S&gs and the eioos ace sceecee-ndahle. 'fe cleMaics eoncetion dicIte e pian' brougst a rtsnan ounber of uotle eho teae aeciuired the ari e snot susotysbile abit so itcic's Tis ib itself las no sill atioeniewit. Vardevil e ar is Bega. aTe catocile esta is geoin id to ie oti tie thse etetiety, for tes Garlici opcekd its seassic of Klan' & Ereielgec soevaceee van- elentce on houlday atetio cts the Cs- eucnewthaust itre ace oluOgtionO ceetl see Uci- usually5 Secoceg bill. sotiLUIS Ncsk's bill of look is sat islestien so clat colc be orodi aitl ol.1it tile soun te oueiCts ai out- er ouritcail neit s a el caioitns, saot if tele Coluillo is asoeng so mtaitoaie ce scel t elizs establishee is cank. r eil cate cheuGa be 'his t close tes sma- Sol seitieset a ticr of suggcetin onh lis boles frt nhe, las bere sets buitioi e atsl. 'ihe lgitime T bter otad thei intorouceontie oeatgbucs cill h ie oces iwtot, llor'l3 to onize that tters is a coage ith ecditisat 'Ties il at tie arrioe ofs ceot recar- able fer oet, as tlee etc but teo lecs acts icet ie lesto Tle bo er of titso is arbiec ofe t isetiig xploits Tclhoiv icesroether n ew etu coas s i tsat in of jolin, atouht b e as riss alced spe- tactrccy as is Isading eoutoftiter does een. It is anoutec tac t st the ecec- rlg's perfo acise lee uenc le coised ie a dry-gooes sox by so trio of packes frcit a loal dlleatmen'ct atoio', ancelaeet lee ex- pects so get ut o f le s x itrilot is- iebieg acy of tioe toils c thciegs. 'he oter ne feture is a seor-seotiog and jgglcng tornt b the telees siice and lanr. 'There is coricng out of the or- dinary in their exhibitio . ethsogl e Mar- dese is the feature set for the creek, the rea hit ikh ite audience is the club- wicegicg of ties Mo te, tecritc is billiant in the perfectio to bi o hic they have beault tieir fairly eli-keriew o ilutes Sewond Oly to them is the singing and dancieg of Catmell and Harris. Laura Hsacris is noose gracetul and attractive in an neat series of steps. 'To repeat, the bill itself is rather ordinary, but i ismput on in a ay that makes it em one of tis best that ever cane to tocwn. Manager Dan Fislell deserves all tism credit for this curi- ous effect, Acts at Ma n Coloa.bia o Please. 'lse Colosbia bill eo ts oter fen was full of Covelties. Thers nere hve acts Gew so tie to n. Toaring among these eras the instruneental playintg of P'aria Chacibers. His cornet solos had nerit of a high order. 'The surprising incident of his performance tas the enthusiase he awoke among anis auditors, although his classical selections night be supposed to be eover thie heads" of an average vaude- ville patronage. A sinilar hit in character was made by Makmuri, a violinist, who plays with rare expression and feeling. Massias O'Connor, another necwcomee, is a Gernsan coin manipulator without a supe- rior in his line. His cnethods aire superior to these of Clivette inasush s they are oer simple and open. MieRnic Soliginani debut in vaudeville is eandicapped by a sigte thet is weak and unsgeresive. It seenoed to suit the audince, heceevee, which is probably the point in viep. The Three Abdalsh Brothers, the only other nes otes, have a typical Far East acrobatic act, with no features out of the ordinary. The Murgonaster retue d to the Grand and Ruth White and Gus Weinbueg see cwelconmed as of yore. The Rocky Mountain Express was the only melodera in town during the wveek and Manager Russell profited accordingly at tie Imperial. The burlesque attractions see Williams' Ideals at the Standard and The Trans-Atlantics at the Gayety. John ce. Quinn, with the lat- ter organization, proved a real comedian and prospered in consequence. Next week sees the fareell perfornances of Tie Man of the Hour at the Olympic. His Htoner the Mayor will make his first St. Louis appearance at the Century. Ed- gar, Sehwyn cvill head the conepany pre- senting Strongheart at the Grand. The Cocehoy Girt comes to the Imperial and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model. to Hay- bin's. High Jinks at the Standard and Vanity Fair at the ovayete will go after the leurlecisue Toney. BOOKED BY ARMSTRONG. Agency for Chorus People Kept Husy Sup- pl.ing the Musiecal Conedies. The following chorus People and others have been booked torough Arinstrong's Amus-ment 1.ixclEange, 204 Schiller Build- lng, Chicago, 111. Isle of Spice: Margaret Greer, Loret- In. Macsonno, Lou Adler, Julia Di CycetLoc Marjorie Blanchard, Edith Edwards, Mac- ion Rae, Carrie Ward, Mary Orsh, Peasl Alars, Clarence Clay, Hazel Jordan, Jeane Peeri, Cleo Perri, Eeocs LaDell, Judd Ward. All Marentette, J. J. Rose, L. E. Jerome, R. D. Roberts, and Floyd E. White. Yankee Regent: Mildred Baxter Ma- rie Scherzer, Vera Grant, Pearl Berger, Gertrude Grant, Dorothy Steele, Thelna Jacobs, Crystal Lewis, Laura, Castle, Flor- ence Harbaugh, Louis Kleuge, Curt Karpe, Clarence Steffy, George Carroll, C. L. Mooe, and Augut Dres. Burgomaster: Paula Leslie, Bessie Burcth, Louis Rockwell, Mabel Moran, Elea- nor Werdmssan, Viola Allen, Isabel Johliv, Libbie Adams, Eleanor Ring, Florence Ane- ksr, May Vance, May Scott, Harriet Hol- land, Etta Lockhart, Pfemsia Lockhart, Messrs McFarland, Rooney, Fritzner, Scott, Graliam, Black, Yoder, Richards, and S. C. Gordan. Flower of the Ranch: Juliet Hart, Mur- garet Davis, Helen Golatt, Janet MacDon- ald, Grace Feltes, Jessie Buckley, Mabel La Vote. Harriet Nolter, Anna Nolter, Ella Davis, Ruth Addington, Alm Hill, Edith Gilbert, Lois Kelley, Marvey Smith, Maude Irving, Margaret Holland, Ella Irandal, E. H. Leonard, H. H. Adams, F. Pickering, E. C. Starley, Toni McMahon, Harvey Lebo, S. C. Sacdgran and P'. IV. Pollock. empire: Villet Hcrlock, Tessie larger, AlIma McCormack, Virginia Morris, Virginia Hartzewit, Mcrtle Vaile, Stella LaBelle, Lol Marlowe, May Stewart, Effie McGrath, Ma- rie Douglas. Dolly TWest, Merrell Burroughs, Ieuth an, Mabel Webb, Annie Hoffman, Jule Itcgan. Bessie Evans, Annie Jul, Ruby 1egccr, Mlehe Jarboe, Dorothy Bennett, Rtalphc MacKenzie, Ernest Sharrock, C. LILLIAN HART. A vaudevillian of beauty and much promise is Lillian Hart, whose imitations of Rose Stahl as well as her singing and dancing talents are making her faimtous in the Western Vaudeville Managers' As- sociation houses. trawford, 0. Sampson, Blyde Briggs, S. Mc- Shane, L. W'eddele, Arthur Cardinal and Jack Williamson. Time, Place and the Girl: Helen Carney, Bonnie Clarke, Maude Platt, Gertrude Platt, Birdie Paul, Elaine Carew. Trixie Vettell, Ida Lynford, Bobbette Clayton, Grace Gold- en, Carieo Hubert, Marguerite Goulding, Helen XVash, Stella Hilliard, Louise Dil- worth, Dorothy Hanbury, Olivette Tre Mayne, Lilliam Sonsterby, Ilma Downing, Kittle Campbell, Irving Finn, Sumner La Follette, Rupert Chidlow, Edgar Laird, James Wood, Ray Van Sickle, Harry Dee, Harry Jones and Harry Fellows. Rocky Mountain Express: Mabel Blevins Helen Atkins, Ella Cottle and the Diamond Comedy Four. Great Eastern World: Florence Standish, Florence Gilmore and the Oriole Quartette. Four Corners of the Earth: The Lyric Comedy Four. Toyland No. 1. Jack Dredner, XV. Cush- an, Davi trving, louis St. Clai, Pauline Decere. Eleanor Parkser, Ward Scsite, Jueides Cole, Geraldine Porterfield, Evelyne Smith, Laura Schoner, Adeline Schoeer. Della Wells, Florence Moore, Clara Munchan, Net- tie Northrup. Ruby Mittinore, Rose lirsch, Edna Dee, Anna Confray. Toyland No. 2: Evelyn Fox, Cathern Iler, Love Iler, Garnier, Gillett, Tessis Miland, The Bridges, Min. Block, Edith Clayton, Mrs. Davidson, Nellie Turney, Ethel, Two Stewarts, Jessie Brueine, Mrs. XValton, Flor- ence Moore, Jules Held, AugustaBell, Ame. Velick. District Leader Company: Effle Tyson, Frances Carter, Rose Temple, Ella Hanson, Mrs. Coldwell, Min. Block, Edith Clayton, Mrs. Davidson, Nellie Turney, Ethel Pratch- et, Kittie Stone, Eva Williams. Men: Thomas Tierney, Evens 'Wanderling, Wil- liams Delaney, Bibson, Wilkerson Cochran. Huntings Fool House: Mrs. Harris Hope, Done. Cnnier. Robert,. Amber. Little. 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